City council considers lowering speed limits

Speed limits on Miles Canyon Road and in the McIntyre subdivision might soon be lowered.

Speed limits on Miles Canyon Road and in the McIntyre subdivision might soon be lowered.

The City of Whitehorse is considering amendments to its Traffic Bylaw, which would see the speed limit on Miles Canyon Road lowered to 40 kilometres per hour from the current 50 kilometres per hour.

That change is part of the Schwatka Lake Area Plan, which the City adopted in March.

The City of Whitehorse Street Sign and Traffic Committee agreed with the change on the grounds that it would help to provide improved safety and continuity along the entire stretch of road, according to a report from city administration.

“Studies indicate that in the case of incident, the risk of pedestrian injury and fatality is considerably lowered when a vehicle is traveling at 40 kilometres per hour compared to 50 kilometres per hour,” the report states.

Earlier this year, the Kwanlin Dun First Nation requested to have the speed limit in the McIntyre subdivision lowered to 30 kilometres per hour from the current 35 kilometres per hour.

Additionally, the portion of Whistle Bend Way located between Mountainview Drive and Casca Boulevard would be set at 60 kilometres per hour, as it is not included in the current bylaw.

The amendments to the bylaw will be brought forward for consideration at a later council meeting.

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